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Over the years, I have had a lot of questions when creating my artworks, for example, what are the best pencils to use, what is the best paper for each art medium, the list goes on and on. Below are a few key pointers to help both the professional artists and happy hobbyist alike.

AN ARTISTS GUIDE TO COLOURED PENCILS

AN ARTISTS GUIDE TO COLOURED PENCILS

 
Coloured pencils have not always been primarily used for creating artwork, originally coloured pencils were used for marking up and checking written and technical works. Although the origins of coloured pencils stem…
 
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GRAPHITE PENCILS

GRAPHITE PENCILS –  A COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING OF GRADES & TONES

 
The choice of what pencils to choose can be confusing, you may wonder, why does the price vary so much?, what are the benefits of one brand from another?
 
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BLENDING STUMPS

BLENDING STUMPS – WHAT THEY ARE AND HOW TO USE THEM

 
A question most artists out there have asked, what is the best way to blend differing tones of graphite pencils together? I remember from a young age, trying to blend…
 
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DOG PENCIL DRAWING

DOG PENCIL DRAWING HINTS & TIPS

 
If you look around there is plenty of books and reference both on and offline to help you with drawing pets. As useful as some of them may be, I can truly say its firstly all about training your eyes…
 
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HOW DO I ORDER A PET PENCIL PORTRAIT DRAWING?

HOW DO I ORDER A PET PENCIL PORTRAIT DRAWING?

 
It may seem simple but a lot of people find it hard, asking the right questions, where do I find a pet portrait artist?, what is an acceptable cost for a pet drawing?
 
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WHAT ARE THE FIVE TYPES OF DRAWING?

WHAT ARE THE FIVE TYPES OF DRAWING?

 
This is an interesting one, you may have thought there are hundreds of different drawing types but there is only a handful. I have categorised them into distinct…
 
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TIPS FOR DRAWING CHILD PORTRAITS

TIPS FOR DRAWING CHILD PORTRAITS

 
Capturing the innocence and beauty of a child’s face can make for a spectacular portrait. Their big bright eyes, cheeky smiles and fun personalities, when drawn well…

 
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PET PORTRAITS FROM PHOTOGRAPHS

PET PORTRAITS FROM PHOTOGRAPHS

 
Obviously in history, artists would draw or paint the subject in a life drawing situation, live in front of them, as time has passed by artists would then do quick studies…

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6 TOP TIPS FOR THE PERFECT PENCIL PORTRAIT DRAWING

6 TOP TIPS FOR THE PERFECT PENCIL PORTRAIT DRAWING

 
Studying the overall composition of the face/subject is a very wise thing to do prior to starting any pencil portrait. There are many subtleties and details….
 
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6 TOP TIPS FOR THE PERFECT PENCIL PORTRAIT DRAWING

THE 5 KEY COLOURED PENCIL TECHNIQUES

 
This is a very handy guide to some of the key coloured pencil techniques to help you create some amazing effects and finishes to your artworks.
 
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Baby Pencil Drawing

WHAT IS THE POINT OF HYPERREALISTIC ART? WHY NOT JUST TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH?

 
Why do artists do Hyperrealistic art? put simply, because they can.

 
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BEAUTIFUL PENCIL PORTRAITS – HOW TO GUIDE

 
This is a brief overview for beginners on how to create a wonderful pencil portrait.

 
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HOW TO TAKE THE BEST PHOTO OF YOUR DOG

 
A useful guide to help you take the perfect photo of your dog. Handy hints on how to get them to pose and capturing that winning photo.

 
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Pencil Portrait Drawing

WHAT IS THE COST OF A PENCIL PORTRAIT?

 
A handy at a glance guide to the average price and time to undertake a pencil portrait drawing. Highlighting the three main types of portraiture available in pencil and what sort of cost is involved in commissioning one.

 
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Pencil Portrait Drawing

PENCIL DRAWING – A GUIDE TO MASTERING THE ART

 
At the heart of all great works of art is the humble pencil. Whether it’s a quick sketch or a detailed drawing, pencils are essential tools for artists of all levels.
 
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Pencil Portrait Drawing

PENCIL PORTRAIT DRAWING – HANDY HINTS & TIPS

 
In this small blog, there are some golden nuggets of information to help artists at all levels get started with pencil portrait drawing.
 
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Pencil Portrait Drawing

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PENCIL PORTRAIT FOR YOU

 
Pencil portraits are a timeless and classic form of art that have been cherished for centuries. They offer a unique way to capture the likeness and personality of a subject, and can be a beautiful addition to any home or office.
 
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Pencil Portrait Drawing

CHOOSING THE PERFECT PICTURE FRAME FOR YOUR ART

 
Picture frames are an essential part of home décor, and they add character and beauty to any space. Choosing the right frame can make a big difference in how a picture is perceived and displayed.
 
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Pencil Portrait Drawing

THE BEST POSES FOR PENCIL PORTRAIT DRAWINGS

 
When it comes to portrait drawing, selecting the right pose is crucial to create a realistic and lifelike image. A good pose not only makes the portrait look more natural, but it can also reveal the subject’s personality and mood.
 
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Best Paper for Drawing

THE BEST PAPER TO CHOOSE FOR DRAWING

 
As an artist, choosing the right type of drawing paper is crucial to the success of your artwork. The quality of paper can impact the final result of your artwork, and it is important to select paper that is appropriate for your medium and style.
 
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Ceramic Knife

WHAT IS A CERAMIC KNIFE AND CAN IT BE USED WHEN DRAWING?

 
A Slice Ceramic Craft Knife is a type of craft knife that features a ceramic blade. Ceramic blades are known for their exceptional sharpness and durability, as well as their resistance to rust and other forms of corrosion.
 
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Ceramic Knife

FINDING THE PERFECT INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT PENCIL DRAWING

 
When it comes to pencil drawing, finding the right inspiration is crucial. The subject you choose sets the tone for your artwork and can greatly impact its success. In this article, we will explore various sources…
 
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Ceramic Knife

LIFE DRAWING – A COMPLETE OVERVIEW

 
Life drawing, also known as figure drawing, is the practice of drawing the human figure from observation. It is an essential discipline for artists and has a long history dating back to ancient times. Here is a complete overview of life drawing…
 
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Ceramic Knife

A CONCISE HISTORY OF PENCIL PORTRAITS

 
Pencil portraits, also known as graphite portraits, have a rich history dating back centuries. This unique art form captures the essence of a subject through the skilled use of graphite pencils. From the early rudimentary sketches…
 
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Pet pencil portrait

ORDERING A PERSONALISED PET PENCIL PORTRAIT

 
A great very helpful overview on the the key things to do when ordering a personalised pencil portrait of your pet.
 
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Pencil portraits through history

A CHRONICLE OF PENCIL PORTRAITS THROUGH HISTORY

 
An interesting look at the history of the pencil portraits, highlighting some famous artists and the works they have created.
 
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Scale a pencil portrait accurately

HOW TO SCALE A PENCIL PORTRAIT DRAWING

 
A useful overview on how to scale your pencil portrait drawing accurately. The best way to correctly draw and measure all the elements of the human face.
 
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Order the Perfect dog pencil portrait

IDEAS FOR THE PERFECT DOG PENCIL PORTRAIT

 
Some great ideas to help you decide the kind of pet pencil portrait you would like. From diffeent styles and poses to the best medium to use.
 
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Charcoal portrait drawings

A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF CHARCOAL PORTRAITURE

 
This article gives a very well rounded idea of charcoal portraiture and the brief evolution of this versatile medium over the years.
 
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Celebrity Pencil Portraits

CELEBRITY PORTRAIT DRAWINGS – A BRIEF OVERVIEW

 
Discover all about celebrity pencil portrait drawings, and how some of the finest depictions of celebrities have been achieved.
 
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Celebrity Pencil Portraits

ORDER A PENCIL PORTRAIT OF YOUR FAVOURITE CELEBRITY

 
Take a look at this quick guide on how to order the perfect pencil portrait of your favourite celebrity.
 
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artists inspiration

WHERE DO ARTISTS FIND THEIR INSPIRATION?

 
A great insight into where and how artists find inspiration to create their bespoke masterpieces.
 
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HORSE PENCIL DRAWINGS AS GIFTS

HORSE PENCIL PORTRAITS – THE PERFECT GIFT FOR HORSE LOVERS

 
Why not choose the perfect gift for the horse lover in your life. A personalised pencil portrait of their horse will be such a special and personalised gift for them.
 
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BEST PAPER TO USE FOR DRAWING PORTRAITS

THE BEST CHOICE OF PAPER TO USE WHEN DRAWING PENCIL PORTRAITS

 
This handy guide will give you a good overview of the best ypes of paper to use when undertaking a pencil portrait. The best ones available for different artistic levels.
 
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THE BEST TECHNIQUE FOR PENCIL SHARPENING

THE BEST TECHNIQUE FOR PENCIL SHARPENING

 
This article gives all the options to best sharpen your pencils and keep them in perfect condition to draw. Outlining all the choices and techniques adopted by both amatuer and professional artist.
 
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HOW TO DRAW - QUICK START GUIDE

HOW TO DRAW – QUICK START GUIDE

 
A great article for beginners on how to get started with drawing. From understanding the basics to learning about the best techniques to use for different subject types.
 
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WAX & OIL BASED COLOURED PENCILS

DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OIL BASED AND WAX BASED COLOURED PENCILS

 
This is a great overview to give you a clear understanding of the differences between wax ands oil pbased coloured pencils, the benefits of each and how to best use them to their full capability.
 
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